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URI announces biomedical and bioinformatics seminar series

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 874-2116

KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 22, 2004 -- Biomedical experts from renowned universities and institutions across the country are speaking at the University of Rhode Islandís biomedical seminar series during the spring semester. Professors from such institutions as Brown Medical School and Yale University will address topics ranging from genetics to HIV. All lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Atrium II of the URI Memorial Union. They are free and open to the public.

The schedule of the speakers and their topics is as follows:

Wed., March 3, Dr. Andrew G. Bostom, associate professor of medicine, Brown Medical School.
Wed., March 10, Dr. Joel S. Pachter, professor of pharmacology and director of the blood-brain barrier laboratory, University of Connecticut Health Center, "Chemokines and Chemokine Receptors Along the Brain Microvasculature."
Wed., March 24, Dr. Paul F. Hollenberg, Maurice H. Seevers Collegiate Professor and chair of the department of pharmacology, University of Michigan, "Mechanism-based Inactivation of Cytochromes P450."
Wed., April 14, Dr. Catherine M. Joyce, department of molecular, biophysics, and biochemistry, Yale University, "Two Contrasting DNA Polymerases: Klenow Fragment and Dbh."
Wed., April 21, Dr. Carol Bewley, Drug Receptor Interactions, LBC, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, "Blocking HIV Entry with Marine Natural Products."

The biomedical seminar series is funded by an $8 million grant awarded by the
National Institutes of Health to URI professors Zahir A Shaikh and Nasser H. Zawia to create a statewide network of biomedical researchers. In addition to the biomedical lectures, the grant also funds a bioinformatics lecture series. They are also free and open to the public, held at noon in Atrium II of the URI Memorial Union.

The schedule of the speakers and their topics is as follows:

Wed., Jan. 28, Dr. Annie De Groot, associate professor of community health, Brown University, "From Genome to Vaccine via Bioinformatics Case Studies: Tuberculosis, Smallpox, SARS, and HIV."
Wed., Feb.,18, Dr. William Jusko, department of pharmaceutical sciences and school of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science, University of Buffalo, "Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacogenomics of Corticosteroids."
Wed., March 17, Dr. Mike Stone, associate professor of chemistry, Vanderbilt University, "Structural Perturbations Introduced into Duplex DNA by Adducts of Malondialdehyde and Acrolein."

For Further Information: Mary Philcox, 874-9288